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EDUCATION

  • 2013    PhD, New Testament and Early Judaism; minor, Ancient Mediterranean Religions. McGill University, Faculty of Religious Studies. Supervisor: Dr. Ellen B. Aitken (d. 2014)
  • 2006    MA, New Testament. McGill University, Faculty of Religious Studies
  • 2004    BA with distinction, Anthropology and Religious Studies. McGill University, Faculty of Arts

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • 2015–Present         Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies & School of English, University of Sheffield
  • 2007–2015             Adjunct Instructor, McGill University, Faculty of Religious Studies

 

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS

  • 2013–2015      FRQSC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Ottawa, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

PUBLICATIONS

Books

2019    Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature (Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement Series 14; Society of Biblical Literature Press, April 2019). (Read an excerpt here)

2015    My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Non-Sacramental Reading of John 6: 51–58. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (Read review)

Journal Articles

2018    “The Cup of God’s Wrath: Libation in Revelation and Early Christian Meal Practice” Religions 9.413. Special Issue: Sacrifice and Religion; Daniel Ullucci, ed. 13 pages.

2017    “Tasting the Little Scroll: A Sensory Analysis of Divine Interaction in Revelation 10:8–10.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 40.1: 101–119.

2016    “Teaching with Technology: Using Digital Humanities to Engage Student Learning” Journal for Teaching Theology and Religion 19.3: 309–319.

2015    “My Heart Poured Forth Understanding: 4 Ezra’s Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 44.3: 320–333.

2006    “My OTP: Harry Potter Fanfiction and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha,” Scriptura, 8.1: 53–66.

Book Chapters

2018    “‘When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?’ (John 7:31): Signs and the Messiah in the Gospel of John” in Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism: Royal, Prophetic, and Divine Messiahs (Benjamin Reynolds and Gabriele Boccaccini, eds.; Leiden: Brill) 229–247.

2017    “Human and Divine Justice in the Testament of Abraham” in The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. Edited by Lorenzo DiTommaso, Matthias Henze, and William Adler (Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha; Leiden: E.J. Brill)

2017    “Tastes from Beyond: Persephone’s Pomegranate and Otherworldly Consumption in Antiquity” in Taste and the Ancient Senses (The Senses in Antiquity; Kelli C. Rudolph, ed; Routledge Press). (Peer reviewed)

2014    “A Robe Like Lightning: Clothing Changes and Identification in Joseph and Aseneth.” Pages 137–153 in Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity. Alicia Batten, Carly Daniel-Hughes, and Kristi Upson-Saia eds. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate. (Review: https://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/10840_12039.pdf)

Conference Proceedings

2017    “Equal to God: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Sacrificial Scheintod” in Frederick S. Tappenden and Carly Daniel-Hughes, eds., Coming Back to Life: The Permeability of Past and Present, Mortality and Immortality, Death and Life in the Ancient Mediterranean. Montreal, QC: McGill University Library and Archives. (Peer reviewed) [http://comingbacktolife.mcgill.ca/article/view/11/25 ]

2008    “Jewish Identity in the Greco–Roman Diaspora.” Conference proceedings, University of Erfurt International Spring School. (February) Archäologie Online [http://www.archaeologie-online.de/bibliothek/tagungsberichte/2007/introducing-new-gods/jewish-identity/seite-1/].

Dictionary, Lexicon, & Encyclopedia Entries

2017    “Seven Bowls, Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets.” End of Days: An Encyclopedia of the Apocalypse (Wendell Johnson, ed.; ABC-CLIO).

2013    “Joseph and Aseneth,” in 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins).

2013    “Ancient Jewish Novels,” in 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins).

2012    “Mark,” with Ian H. Henderson in The Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press).

2011    HAGNOS, Contexticon of New Testament Language. Richard Harley, editor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009    LATREUO, Contexticon of New Testament Language. Richard Harley, editor. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Reviews

2019    “Review: Katherine Shaner, Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity,” Ancient Jew Review.

2016    “Review: Andrew McGowan, Ancient Christian Worship,” Reviews of the Enoch Seminar, enochseminar.org/review/7566

2010    “Review: Judith Perkins, Roman Imperial Identities in the Early Christian Era” in ARC: Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies Volume 38: 184–186.

2008    “Review: Matt Jackson–McCabe, ed, Jewish Christianity Reconsidered” in ARC: Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies Volume 36: 152–153.

Forthcoming

2017    “Domestic Spaces (Second Temple Judaism)” in A Companion to Late Ancient Judaism (Naomi Koltun-Fromm and Gwynn Kessler, eds.; Wiley-Blackwell Press).

Manuscripts in Preparation

Reading Women in Judaism, Christianity, and Other Religions of Antiquity (Textbook, in discussion with Routledge Press, expected 2019).

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS, & HONOURS

  • 2018  ‘Sir Henry Stephenson Colloquium on Embodied Religion: Tasting the Bible.’ Funding for research symposium to be held 2019
  • 2018 Sir Henry Stephenson Trust, funding for SIIBS speaker series
  • 2018 Heinz Cassirer Legacy, funds supporting the hire of a postdoctoral researcher to archive, disseminate, and analyse Cassirer’s works
  • 2017 White Rose University Consortium Collaboration Award, “Using Religious Imagery in Popular Culture to Explore and Challenge Everyday Sexism, Sexual Harassment and Abuse Together with Secondary School Students.” Lead academics: Johanna Stiebert, Vanita Sundaram and Katie Edwards
  • 2016­–present  Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK.
  • 2016                Funds awarded for 2017 symposium on “Religious Experiences at the Intersection of Body and Cognition.” With Dr. T. Ryan Byerly, Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield. Awarded by The Experience Project, University of Notre Dame and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • 2013–2015      Fonds de recherche du Québec Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Government of Québec
  • 2012                Dissertation Stipend, McGill University
  • 2012                Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University
  • 2011                Research Travel Award, McGill University, Rome, Italy
  • 2011                Conference Travel Award, McGill University, London, England
  • 2011                Graduate Excellence Fellowship, McGill University
  • 2010               Dean’s Fellowship, McGill University
  • 2008              Dean’s Fellowship, McGill University
  • 2008              Conference Travel Award, McGill Religious Studies Graduate Society, Boston, MA
  • 2008              Canada Study Grant for Women in Doctoral Programmes, Government of Canada
  • 2007              Conference Travel Award, McGill University, Vienna, Austria
  • 2007              Conference Travel Award, McGill University, Erfurt, Germany
  • 2006              Dean’s Fellowship, McGill University
  • 2006              Canada Study Grant for Women in Doctoral Programmes, Government of Canada

INVITED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

2019    “Tasting Death: Sensory Metaphor and Other Worlds,” University of Nottingham Biblical Studies Seminar, 15 March.

2018    “A Question of Method: Senses, Bodies, and Religious Experience in Antiquity,” Religious Experience in Antiquity unit, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. 17–21 November, Denver, CO.

2018    Invited Panelist, “The Future of New Testament Studies,” Use and Influence of the NT Seminar, British New Testament Conference. 6–8 September, Twickenham, UK.

2018    “This Is The End: Rape Jokes, Sexual Violence, and Empire in Revelation and Apocalyptic Film,” British New Testament Conference. 6–8 September, Twickenham, UK.

2018    Invited respondent, Gender and Second Temple Judaism. 11th Annual Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar. 17–21 June, Rome, Italy.

2017    “The Sweet Hereafter: A Sensory Analysis of Perpetua’s Visions.” Religious Experience in Antiquity unit, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. 18–21 November, Boston, MA.

2017    “Abraham, Take the Wheel! Human and Divine Justice in the Testament of Abraham.” International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting. 7–11 August, Berlin, Germany.

2017    “Tastes Like Heaven: Access to Other Worlds Through Hierophagic Food.” International Society of Biblical Literature Meeting. 7–11 August, Berlin, Germany.

2017    “The Transmission of Divine Knowledge Through Taste: A Sensory Analysis of Revelation 10:8–10.” (Invited) Ehrhardt Seminar, University of Manchester. 2 March, Manchester UK.

2017    “Transmitting Divine Knowledge through Taste: The Little Scroll in Revelation 10:8–10.” (Invited) University of Nottingham Biblical Studies Research Seminar. 24 February, Nottingham UK.

2016    “Sacrificial Food and Community Formation in Asia Minor.” With Shayna Sheinfeld. Construction of Christian Identities Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. 19–22 November, San Antonio, USA.

2016    “That You May Also Believe: Jesus’s Body as a Sign in the Fourth Gospel.” Johannine Literature Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. 19–22 November, San Antonio, USA.

2016    “Abraham Take the Wheel! Human and Divine Justice in the Testament of Abraham.” Divine (In)Justice in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Medieval and Ancient Research Centre University of Sheffield. 4 November, Sheffield, UK.

2016    “The Cup of God’s Wrath: Libation Imagery in the Book of Revelation and Early Christian Meal Practice.” (Invited) School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. 23 September.

2016    “Review: Crispin Fletcher-Louis, Jesus Monotheism, vol 1,” (invited) British New Testament Conference. 3 September, University of Chester, UK.

2016    “‘When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?’ (John 7:31): Signs and the Messiah in the Gospel of John.” (Invited) Sixth Enoch Seminar Nangeroni Meeting on John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology in Light of Jewish Messianism. 19–23 June, Camaldoli, Italy.

2016    “Revelatory Ingestion in Revelation: Hierophagy as Transformational Eating.” Interdisciplinary Workshop, Cult Practices in Ancient Literatures: Egyptian, Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman Narratives in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World). 16–17 May, New York University.

2016    “The Cup of God’s Wrath: Libation Imagery in the Book of Revelation and Early Christian Meal Practice.” Montreal Biblical Studies Colloquium, 8 April, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

2015    “History, Memory, and Transculturality in the Gospel of John.” (Invited) John, Jesus, and History Group, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. 21–24 November, Atlanta, USA.

2015    “Pouring Out God’s Wrath: Libation Imagery in the Book of Revelation.” (Invited) Meals in the Greco-Roman World Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting. 21–24 November, Atlanta, USA.

2015    “Tasting the Little Scroll: A Sensory Analysis of Divine Interaction in Revelation 10:8–10.” Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense LXIV: New Perspectives on the Book of Revelation. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 23–25 July, Leuven, Belgium.

2015    “The Transmission of Divine Knowledge Through Taste: A Sensory Analysis of Revelation 10:8–10.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Convention, 30 May–1 June, Ottawa, Canada.

2015    Panelist, The Perils of Academic Publishing. (Invited) Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Convention, 30 May–1 June, Ottawa, Canada.

2015    “Memories of Scrolls Past: Revelation 10:8–10 in the Sensory Imagination.” (Invited) Memory and Performance: A Colloquium in Honor of Ellen Aitken. McGill University, 30 April, Montréal, Québec.

2014    “Cannibalism in the Christian Imagination.” Public lecture hosted by Core Program: Legacies of the Ancient World, Colgate University, 3 December, Hamilton, NY, USA.

2014    “Transformational Eating: Alice, The Matrix, and Spirited Away.” Guest lecture, Colgate University, 3 December, Hamilton, NY, USA.

2014    “The Body as a Sign in the Fourth Gospel.” Guest lecture, Colgate University, 3 December, Hamilton, NY, USA.

2014    “My Flesh is Meat Indeed: Theophagy and Christology in John 6:51–58.” (Invited) Meals in the Greco-Roman World Section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 22–25 November, San Diego, USA.

2014    “My Heart Poured Forth Understanding: 4 Ezra‘s Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption.” Apocalyptic Literature Unit, Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, 6–10 July, Vienna, Austria.

2014    “The Cup Which the Father has Given: Divine-Mortal Antagonism and the Christological Implications of Genre.” The Gospel of John as Genre Mosaic Conference, 23–26 June, Aarhus, Denmark.

2014    “Tastes Like Heaven: Access to Other Worlds Through Performative Consumption.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Convention, 24–26 May, Saint Catharines, Canada.

2014    “Equal to God: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Sacrificial Scheintod.” (Invited) Coming Back to Life: Performance, Memory, and Cognition in the Ancient Mediterranean, 8–11 May, Montréal, Canada.

2013    “Epiphanies in the Greek Romances: Shining a Light on Elite/Non-Elite Relationships.” Greco-Roman Religions Unit, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 23–26 November, Baltimore, USA.

2013    “Shiny Happy People: Tropes of Light and Brilliance in Hellenistic Romance Novels.” Public lecture, Bishop’s University, 7 November, Lennoxville QC.

2013    “Second Only to Artemis: Epiphanies in the Ancient Romance Novels.” Public lecture, Classics Department, McGill University, 25 March, Montréal QC.

2012    “Blessed are the Cheese-Eaters: Relocating Perpetua’s Transformational Meal.” Women in the Biblical Word Unit, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 17–20 November, Chicago, USA.

2011    “Heavenly Identity: Sheintod in ‘Joseph and Aseneth.’” (Invited) Women in the Biblical World Unit, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, 19 November, San Francisco, USA.

2011    “Hadrian’s Villa.” As part of a research tour funded by the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, 15 July, Tivoli, Italy.

2011    “Equal to God: Divine (Mis)Identification in the Greek Novels and the Gospel of John.” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, 4–7 July, London, UK.

2007    “You Are What You Eat: Transformation through Solitary Ritualized Eating in Ancient Mediterranean Literature.” Biblical Studies Colloquium, 14 September, Montréal QC.

2007    “You Are What You Eat: Transformation through Solitary Ritualized Eating in Ancient Mediterranean Literature” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, 22–26 July, Vienna, Austria.

2007    “Jewish Identity in the Greco–Roman Diaspora.” University of Erfurt International Spring School, 25–29 March, Erfurt, Germany.

2006    “My OTP: Harry Potter Fanfiction and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha.” American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Joint Regional Meeting, 5–6 May, Québec QC.

2005    “Towards a Syncretism of Genres in Joseph and Aseneth.” American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Joint Regional Meeting, 7–8 May, Montréal QC.

 

DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

2019    “Supporting Creative Assessment: UnEssays.” Department of Lifelong Learning seminar, University of Sheffield 13 February.

2019    “Beyond Essays and Exams: Diverse Assessment for Skills, Confidence, and Programme Level Approach.” University of Sheffield Learning and Teaching Conference, 8 January.

2019    “Embedding Reflection in Assessment and Feedback.” University of Sheffield Learning and Teaching Conference, 8 January.

2017    “Alternative Assessment: UnEssays.” Faculty of Arts and Humanities AHEAD, 13 February, University of Sheffield.

2016    “The Cup of God’s Wrath: Libation Imagery in the Book of Revelation and Early Christian Meal Practice,” Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies Research Seminar, 18 April, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

2016    Presenter, grant-funded research in religion, Humanities Research Institute Workshop on Religion, 1 March, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

2016    Respondent, roundtable session on “Religion, Identity, & Social Change,” Achieve More:ThinkCreate Religion, Identity, and Social Change stream, University of Sheffield, 2 February.

2015    “The Transmission of Divine Knowledge Through Taste: A Sensory Analysis of Revelation 10:8–10.” Research Seminar of the School of English, University of Sheffield, 7 October, Sheffield, UK.

2012    “Writing Strategies for Graduate Students.” Guest lecture, Faculty of Religious Studies, 4 September, Montréal QC.

2011    “Grading Undergraduate Essays,” Faculty of Religious Studies Graduate Professional Development Day, 19 September, Montréal QC.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Director, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield. 2018–present.
  • Deputy Director, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield. 2016–2018.
  • Assessor, Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme, University of Sheffield. 2016–present.

LANGUAGES

  • Ancient
    • Greek (Koine)
    • Biblical Hebrew
    • Latin
  • Modern
    • English
    • French
    • German

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • British New Testament Society
  • Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Religion
  • Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR)
  • Enoch Seminar
  • European Association of Biblical Studies
  • Medieval and Ancient Research Centre University of Sheffield (MARCUS)
  • North American Society for the Study of Christian Apocryphal Literature
  • Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
  • Society of Ancient Mediterranean Religions
  • Society of Biblical Literature